Bottom lines: Our views on recent news

Here are our bottom-line thoughts on some items of note in the Crossroads Business Journal area:

• We were happy to learn that War Memorial Hospital’s 16-bed long-term care unit in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., received the highest rating in the the Best Nursing Homes rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. It was one of only four of the 126 nursing homes in West Virginia to receive an overall rating of five stars for performance in health inspections, nurse staffing and quality of medical care.

• Congratulations to Mike Swarner, manager of a specialty Walgreen’s pharmacy in Hagerstown, Md. A credentialed HIV pharmacist, Swarner was honored by Pharmacy Times and Parata Systems in the Next-Generation Pharmacist awards.

• Thanks to the donors who are supporting the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown’s Building a Legacy of Care campaign, which supports a planned physician assistant program. That program will be good for its students and good for Hagerstown.

• Thanks to all of the businesses and organizations for their donations of time, money, food and resources during the holiday season. The contributions are too numerous to list.

• Kudos Dwight Clark, who has been promoted to president and chief operating officer at the century-old Jamison Door Co. in Hagerstown. John T. Williams will retain the titles of chairman and CEO.

• If our canvas of area business leaders is any indication, people expect a relatively successful 2018 in many sectors of the economy.

We wish you a healthy and prosperous new year.